LIMA — Seven high school graduates each received $500 scholarships during the Lima chapter of the NAACP’s fifth annual scholarship banquet, held on Aug. 10 at Grace Church Worldwide Ministries.
The NAACP has awarded a total of $10,500 in scholarships during the last five years and since re-establishing the local unit. This year’s winners attended high school at Apollo, Elida, Lima City, and Shawnee schools. They are:
• Tayonna Lanseby, Elida, who will be attending the University of Toledo (paralegal assistant);
• Sheridan O’Neal, Shawnee, attending the University of Cincinnati (architectural engineering);
• Ti’ara Spivey, Lima Senior, attending The Ohio State University (accounting);
• Kerri Roberson, Shawnee, attending Georgia Southern University (medical physician);
• Dalonte Manley, Lima Senior, attending The Ohio State University (education);
• Eliyana Floyd, Shawnee,attending Indian Tech University (sports management and marketing);
• Billie Keith, Apollo, attending The Ohio State University (nursing).
The theme for the banquet was “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Dr. Carol A. Fails encouraged the recipients to stand firm with confidence and walk in destiny. The speaker for evening, Dr. Linda Gibson Fletcher, a professor with Capella University and a 1975 graduate from Lima Senior, inspired the student to not stop believing in themselves.
Dr. Fletcher empowered the scholars by giving them five principles: try something and do something, expect the unexpected, do the thing that you love and run after it, don’t let the weight of life distract you from your goals or take you out of the game, and don’t stop believing.
Dr. Fletcher earned her B.S. in elementary education and B.A. in psychology from Cleveland State University. She earned her M.Ed in educational administration and elementary principal certification from Ashland University. Dr. Fletcher earned her superintendent certification form Ohio State University and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Dayton in educational leadership.